Gutter Cleaning Business Idea
If you’re looking for small business ideas that don’t cost a lot of money to start (or maybe good for a teenager), think about the gutter cleaning business.
Most people dread cleaning gutters, yet it is an essential part of home maintenance. Gutters are channels that collect rainwater from the roof, preventing water from just falling off of the roof, damaging the foundation or outside walls of the home.
During the year, especially in fall, leaves and other debris collect in the gutters and can block drainage. When this happens, water can build up in the gutter causing roof damage. That standing water can also be a breeding ground for mosquitoes and weed or grass growth.
With inexpensive tools and simple marketing, you can start a gutter cleaning business targeting people who can’t or don’t want to clean their gutters, but still want to take care of their home.
Gutter Cleaning Tools
With a ladder, a garden hose, garbage bags and a sturdy pair of gloves, you can be on your way to starting your gutter cleaning business. Depending on your finances, you could buy a pressure washer to use instead of the garden hose. You’ll also need reliable transportation that can transport you and your equipment.
The cleaning process is simple. Securely rest the ladder against the roof (avoiding the downspout.) Climb up and inspect the gutter for damage. Remove larger debris by hand, then use the garden hose connected to a waterspout, and rinse out the gutter. Put all debris in the garbage bag and dispose of it.
As the water flows through the gutter, make sure it also flows easily down the downspouts, which are the pipes that bring the water to the ground. If there is any blockage, use the same process to clean the downspouts.
Check the location of the downspouts to make sure the water that runs out is directed away from the foundation of the home.
If you notice any damage to the gutter, roof or downspouts, be sure to inform the homeowner and, if you can, make a recommendation for remedy.
Additional Services You Can Offer
If you have any additional skills that you can offer the homeowner, you have more opportunity to expand your business.
With knowledge of roof repair you can offer to inspect and repair any roof damage you see while you’re cleaning gutters. You can also sell a service to install gutter screening that will help keep debris from collecting in the gutter.
Or, if you have a basic knowledge of landscaping, you can suggest how to construct a rain garden that captures the water from the downspouts.
You can also offer a window cleaning service, or clean roofs and awnings.
Marketing Your Gutter Cleaning Business
Create professional looking flyers and business cards and put them on mailboxes in neighborhoods. Contact homeowner associations and offer a neighborhood special. Be accessible by phone, and offer free estimates for jobs.
Once you’ve completed the job, suggest a regular schedule for cleaning. Also ask if your customer can recommend anyone else who can use your help.
The service you give will be your greatest marketing tool. By being on time, friendly, helpful and effective, you’ll get both repeat business and referral business.
For business success with low-tech tools, skills and marketing, get your mind in the gutter and start a gutter cleaning business today.